Project "Key Features for Smart City Charter Germany"
The project "Smart Cities - Development of an Urban Governance Framework" researches the effects of digitization on urban development and highlights the opportunities, risks and recommendations for German cities of the future. The study is carried out in cooperation with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and commissioned by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).
The focus of the project lies on four expert papers on “citizen preferences and knowledge”, “city economics”, “actors, interests and asymmetries of power” as well as “digital divide”. These expertise reports build upon a Germany-wide “Delphi-survey” and expert-interviews from all relevant sectors. On this basis, recommendations for action and guidelines for digital transformation in municipalities will be derived and “Key features for Smart City Charter Germany” will be established. The project results will be worked out in cooperation with an interdisciplinary working group including science, business and municipal representatives.
Why is a Smart City Charter needed?
Digitization is transforming private and public life in cities and communities. This cannot be stopped or ignored. Instead, they can see digitization as a opportunity for the future development. Several German cities and municipalities have already recognized the importance of digitization.
However, the great uncertainty in local politics and administration has to be acknowledged in the development and implementation of future-proof digital strategies. Success in terms of strategic implementation in urban processes has been limited due partly to the lack of strategical guidelines for Smart City development.